verb (used with object), re·but·ted, re·but·ting.

  1. to refute by evidence or argument.
  2. to oppose by contrary proof.

verb (used without object), re·but·ted, re·but·ting.

  1. to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.

verb -buts, -butting or -butted

  1. (tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument

c.1300, “to thrust back,” from Old French reboter, rebuter “to thrust back,” from re- “back” (see re-) + boter “to thrust, hit” (see butt (v.)). Legalese sense of “try to disprove, refute by evidence or argument” is from 1817. Related: Rebutted; rebutting.

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